The Government Agency That Should Fine Itself

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The Government Agency That Should Fine Itself

The Government Agency That Should Fine Itself

This just in from the “It Couldn’t Possibly Get Any Worse” Department: The first wave of checks from the bungled foreclosure abuse settlement landed in mailboxes around the country this week, but when people tried to cash them, a number of them bounced. I don’t know about you, but if someone who worked for me… Read More

The Tax Form That Could Save Your Refund

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The Tax Form That Could Save Your Refund

The Tax Form That Could Save Your Refund

The Bible tells us, “It is better to give than to receive.” Most Americans don’t feel that way on April 15. But when the Lord (a.k.a., an IRS algorithm) shines his countenance upon us and a portion of what we paid is returned in the form of a tax refund, it seems only fair that… Read More

The Biggest Credit Mistake People Make (Plus 3 Tips)

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The Biggest Credit Mistake People Make (Plus 3 Tips)

The Biggest Credit Mistake People Make (Plus 3 Tips)

Some credit mistakes are obvious. Everybody knows the big one: Failing to pay your bills on time. If you’re looking to wreck your credit score, there’s no faster way. Some credit mistakes aren’t so obvious. What’s worse, the biggest secret credit mistake — the one most people don’t even know they’re making — actually happens… Read More

Did Consumer Reports Get It Wrong on ID Theft?

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Did Consumer Reports Get It Wrong on ID Theft?

Did Consumer Reports Get It Wrong on ID Theft?

We commissioned a national poll last month which found that nearly 40 percent of Americans believe “identity theft is not a serious problem.” In fact, they said they thought that it’s “a marketing tool or scare tactic for companies selling credit monitoring or ID theft protection.” When we saw these results we were aghast.  How… Read More

12.6 Million Reasons Why Identity Theft Matters

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12.6 Million Reasons Why Identity Theft Matters

12.6 Million Reasons Why Identity Theft Matters

If you still believe identity theft is a marketing gimmick, it’s time to take a look at the Federal Trade Commission report released this week. Identity theft is once again the top complaint in America, as it has been for 13 years. Identity theft complaints surged by 32 percent in 2012 to nearly 370,000, and… Read More

5 Ways to Prepare for the Coming Cyber War

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5 Ways to Prepare for the Coming Cyber War

5 Ways to Prepare for the Coming Cyber War

This spring, the term “cyber war” turns 20. In his seminal 1993 paper “Cyberwar is Coming!” master military strategist John Arquilla envisioned an entirely new kind of battle. That vision was articulated again, but as reality, in President Obama’s State of the Union Address last week. The president’s call for a more serious approach to… Read More

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